Planning with a Language Lens Toolkit
Educators can tap into English learners' rich and diverse assets to improve student and family engagement and classroom performance. Confianza promotes evidence-based strategies for uncovering students' and families' "funds of knowledge" for culturally and linguistically responsive schooling.
This toolkit provides key Confianza articles and protocols around planning with a language lens, along with a recommended video for individual study or professional learning communities.
We also offer a total of four toolkits that support the processes of planning, teaching, assessing and collaborating with a language lens. These toolkits are aligned to our go-to foundational book The Language Lens for Content Classrooms: A Guide for Educators of English and Academic Language Learners by Sarah Ottow, published by Learning Sciences International. We recommended using this toolkit as a stand-alone resource or for further learning the accompany the book. This toolkit aligns with Chapter 2 of the book.
This timely book provides a host of highly practical insights for addressing one of our most important challenges faced by educators striving to meet the academic and sociolinguistic needs of all students: cultivating the powerful symbiosis of language development and content learning.
– Jeff Zwiers, Senior Researcher, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Although comprehensive guidance comes in the form of a school-based or district-based Professional Learning Partnership with Confianza, this high-level guidance can help get educators started with or without additional support from a Certified Confianza Consultant.